HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

JANE Stephens, lay mem­ber for pub­lic and pa­tient in­volve­ment at NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG

The CCG wants your in­volve­ment in shap­ing lo­cal health ser­vices. It is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to hear the pub­lic’s voice in this time of fi­nan­cial chal­lenges and tough de­ci­sions in the NHS.

There are three ways you can get in­volved and make your voice heard:

Pa­tient Par­tic­i­pa­tion Groups (PPGs) – all 22 GP prac­tices in East­ern Cheshire have a PPG which uses pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ences to ad­vise on pro­mot­ing and im­prov­ing ser­vices. Speak to your prac­tice re­cep­tion­ist to find out more.

East­ern Cheshire HealthVoice – open to all pa­tients, car­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic. It pro­vides an in­de­pen­dent per­spec­tive to the CCG in the plan­ning and buy­ing of health ser­vices. HealthVoice meets ev­ery eight weeks in dif­fer­ent venues across the area and at dif­fer­ent times of day. (www.echealthvoice. info)

Read­ers’ Panel – mem­bers proof­read the CCG’s pub­lic-fac­ing pub­li­ca­tions and make rec­om­men­da­tions on con­tent and de­sign to en­sure they are easy to un­der­stand.

There has never been a more im­por­tant time to get in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal health ser­vices.

This year the CCG and its part­ners are pre­par­ing for a large scale pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion on pro­pos­als to re­design ser­vices for the mod­ern age through the Car­ing To­gether pro­gramme (www.car­ing­to­gether. info).

Please come along and help – you don’t need spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence or qual­i­fi­ca­tions. We want to lis­ten – your in­put will help shape our NHS lo­cally.

To find out more about get­ting in­volved in the CCG’s work, call en­gage­ment and in­volve­ment man­ager Us­man Nawaz on 01625 663864 or email us­man. nawaz@nhs.net.

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